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Both of the Viking Orbiters filmed vast forests on Mars, though no subsequent probe to the Red Planet has shot a single frame of film showing a tree. This was by design. The Viking photographs show more than just a few trees but rather thousands upon thousand of them. These trees appear to be much larger than Earth trees, having a leaf and branch system that is unique to Mars. The foliage spans much wider than a similar plants on Earth do, rising to who knows what heights. The spacing between them could be the result of the dying Martian atmosphere. Dense forests more than likely filled large areas of Mars back in the days when it had a breathable environment. There were undoubtedly several species of trees, and different varieties of underbrush, which are now extinct.
The lake, although frozen, Mars having a mean surface temperature of -46 degrees C, must contain more than just water. There has to be some amebas and other single celled organisms in these waters. There are most likely fossils of Martian fish and perhaps even Martian animals. On Earth, old lake beds are a prime location in which to find dinosaur fossils. Why would Mars be any different?
Originally posted by TVC15
The patterns in Hale crater are quite a puzzle. How come that these structures stay the same under different angles? I am referring to two ESA shots one nadir, the other rather sideways to the central Hale mountains.
The "building" blocks/structures are individually identifiable in both pictures and appear in a different perspective *as they should* given the altered point of view perspectively - this goes down to even very fine details.
But then we don`t know what the exact processes at esa were - so what is this anyways - an elaborate esa hoax?
Originally posted by mikesingh
Originally posted by Uniceft17
The only thing that it closely resembles to me is being in an airplane looking down over farmland, do you know how high up this pic was taking?
These images were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft from an altitude of approx 273 Km.